K.M. Krebs and Mystified - Reclaiming The Darkness [enrmp067]
Though Kevin Krebs often describes himself proverbially, he is a seminal influence in the Netlabel scene and has created many important works using original source material of the eclectic and electroacoustic variety.
Mystified, aka Thomas Park, remains a prolific artist who specializes in creating songs and audio collages from sounds he finds at his Saint Louis apartment or from surrounding neighborhoods.
"Reclaiming The Darkness" involved a sample exchange-- across the Pacific Ocean, unique and home-crafted sounds travelled as tiny bits, to be retrieved at other shores. Several pieces were written by each artist as "solo" pieces, and one piece, "Blinded", was written by simply agreeing on a track length, and mixing two signals, one from each artist, without preview. The result is a strange and enjoyable journey that emphasizes the strengths of both artists!
Thanks to Sandy Spreitz (www.sandystudio.com) for the artwork.
May 3, 2006
Mystified-Krebs joining forces
Anyone familiar with the netlabel scene will recognize the names of K.M. Krebs and Mystified (Thomas Park) as being two well-known and highly productive electronic music artists. For someone just becoming acquainted with netlabel music, this split-release would be an excellent introduction to these prominent artists. Both Krebs and Mystified demonstrate a remarkable ability to coax sounds from various sources and to sculpture them in their own unique way. The track titles themselves are somewhat revealing of what each artist has contributed to this spilt release. Krebs titles are indefinable, fictional words (Etorpasie for example) that dont necessarily refer to anything in particular about the music contained within while Mystifieds titles are concrete and often revealing of the sounds comprising the track (Hands of Water for instance). Krebs contributions to this rather noisy and enticing album are abstract, beatless, and densely layered with source material that is not easily identifiable while Mystfieds offerings are in general more tangible, often percussive, collages of recognizable sounds. -LAJ-